Netflix announced today that Michael Pena (Crash, American Hustle) and Diego Luna (Rogue One, Y Tu Mamá Tambien) will star in the upcoming fourth season of Narcos. Production recently began on the new season in Mexico City, Mexico, and season four will be set in Mexico. The casting announcement and location were confirmed today on the Narcos social accounts, which you can see below. Narcos Season 4 is slated to premiere in 2018. Narcos is produced by Gaumont Television for Netflix. Executive producers for the series are José Padilha, Eric Newman, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard. No story details were given, but this season follows the third season which focused on the Cali Cartel.
This news also comes three months after Carlos Muniz, a Narcos location scout was killed in a rural area outside Mexico City, which is said to have the highest murder rate in all of Mexico. While little was revealed about his death, it was unclear if the murder would lead Netflix to move the show to another locale, but today's announcement proves the streaming service is sticking to its original plan of shooting in Mexico City, Mexico. No story details have been officially released, nor have details about the characters Michael Pena and Diego Luna are playing.
Netflix renewed Narcos for both Seasons 3 and 4 back in September 2016, which surprised many fans since the show killed off its main character, notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) at the end of Season 2. The first season of the show was designed to span 15 years of his life, leading up to his daring prison escape in 1992, while Season 2 centered on the last 18 months of his life before he was shot and killed in Medellin, Colombia, in 1993. The third season followed the rise of the Cali Cartel, and this coming season is rumored to follow the Juarez Cartel, although that has yet to be confirmed.
The casting of both Michael Pena and Diego Luna marks a reunion for both actors, since Michael Pena starred as the title character in Diego Luna's English-language directing debut, Cesar Chavez, which was released in the United States back in 2014. This Netflix series will mark the American TV debut for Diego Luna, and a return to the small screen for Michael Pena for the first time since Fox's Gracepoint in 2014. He also previously voiced Ricky on the FX animated series Chozen, played Mr. Cisneros on HBO's Eastbound and Down and played Armando Renta on FX's The Shield. He's found much more success on the big screen as of late, and he most recently wrapped production on Marvel's Ant Man and The Wasp to be released in summer 2018. He can next be seen in Horse Soldiers, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon in January 2018 and in A Wrinkle in Time, opposite Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.
Diego Luna was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning Y Tu Mama Tambien, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaron. He recently starred in the box office hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside Felicity Jones and Sony's remake of Flatliners. He will next be seen in the films A Rainy Day in New York for director Woody Allen and Berlin, I Love You. Cesar Chavez, Diego Luna's English language directorial debut, was released in the United States in 2014, starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. His recent directorial effort Mr. Pig premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival starring Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph. These films were produced by Canana, the production company that Luna founded with partners Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz in 2005. The Company has established itself as a leading film and television producer in Latin America and expanded operations into the United States, further extending its reach and vision to create content that touches on Latin American stories with an international appeal. Canana opens doors to new talent: actors, writers and directors who have captured international audiences with films that offer a fresh perspective into Latin America. Luna also co-owns the branded content company Gloria, based in Los Angeles. Take a look at the new trailer for Narcos Season 4, courtesy of Netflix YouTube